Friday, December 7, 2018

Family Car Travel Tips

As most of you know, we love to travel. We  enjoy road trips as a family. It’s a great way to see the country and it’s usually cheaper than flying. As someone who has traveled a lot, I love helping parents make car trips easier. I haven’t shared any road trip tips in a while and I have some new ones for you. 

Make a car sick kit. Have a package of wipes, paper towels, mouthwash, plastic bags, mints, and motion sickness medicine. 

Bring window markers for your kids to draw on the windows. It wipes off with water. They are lighter than normal markers so they won’t obstruct your view. 

Make car coupons that they can earn for good behavior. You don’t have to make the rewards anything extravagant. It could  be as simple as a candy bar or picking where you eat lunch. 

Use an empty DVD case for a travel drawing kit. Put in paper, colored pencils and stickers. You can use it as a hard surface too. If you need something bigger use a clipboard. 

Make a car grab bag. Go to the dollar store and get some little toys that your children would like and wrap them in different wrapping paper. Decide how often they get to pick a prize. It will give them something to look forward to. 

Play games that don’t require any pieces. Noah loves would you rather. You have to watch him or he will say things like would you rather walk on Legos or coal? When you obviously say Legos and ask him. He will say who said the coals were hot. 

Give your kids each a cheap camera to take photos on your road trip. Noah is amazing at photography. This way they have the freedom to decide what they want to take photos of. 

You can download movies or tv shows from Netflix and watch them in the car. You don’t need WiFi or cellular service to watch them. That’s a great way to entertain them when they start to get restless. 

Origami is huge in our house. Buy some origami paper and let them go to work. Noah will use any kind of paper to make origami. He often uses placemats at restaurants to make something. 

Let them make music. There’s music making apps like Garage Band that your child can use. Just go to the dollar store and pick up some ear buds. 

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